Did you know that it is Benjamin Franklin who is presently featured on the 100 American dollar bill? One of the nation’s founding fathers, he was famously called by many as the ‘first Citizen of the 18th century’. A writer, inventor, politician, and diplomat, as a boy, Franklin was an apprentice to his brother, which exposed him to new books and ideas. His first financial and literary success was ‘Poor Richard Almanac’ which was filled with illustrations, proverbs, and paradoxes of his own creation.
Your parents must have told you that ‘do not fold the paper currency’ or ‘don’t scribble or write anything on currency notes’. Everyone sees Currency note as a legal tender which is used to purchase goods and commodities. But what if we tell you that the artists have imaginations which are far away from us because they are using every medium to paint or doodle on. We can guess what’s running in your mind…and bang on you are right! It’s the “Dollar Bill Art” Continue reading The Dollar Bill Art
Makar Sankranti is a festival held across India under a variety of names to honor the God of the sun, Surya. Though often relegated to a secondary position relative to the three prominent Hindu deities – Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva, Surya was a key figure in the ancient Hindu texts, the Vedas, and is the subject of one of the most repeated texts of Hindu liturgy, the Gayatri Mantra. Many devout Hindus chant this mantra daily as a part of their morning ritual.
Postage Stamp Paper is made of an organic material composed of a compacted weave of cellulose fibers which is generally formed into sheets. Paper used to print postage stamps may be manufactured in sheets or it may have been part of a large roll (called a web) before being cut to size. The fibers most often used to create postage stamp paper include bark, wood, straw and certain grasses. In many cases, linen or cotton rags have been added for greater strength and durability. Grinding, bleaching, cooking and rinsing these raw fibers reduce them to a slushy pulp, referred to by paper makers as “stuff.” Sizing and sometimes, coloring matter is added to the pulp to make different types of finished paper.
Of the five great European maritime powers of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, France was the fourth to enter the race for commercial communication with India. The fifth power, Spain, never attempted the contest, and Portugal, Holland, and England had reaped considerable benefits from their enterprise before the attention of the French people had been sufficiently attracted to the trade. Nevertheless, though the French were the last to enter upon the venture, their natural genius asserted itself in a manner that speedily brought them to a level with the most securely planted of their European rivals by establishing the French East India Company.
The world is a dangerous place for valuable coins. Hazards lurk in the air, in storage containers, and even on collector’s fingertips. Exposure to these hazards can subject a rare coin to irreparable damage that can greatly diminish its value. Fortunately, there are ways to guard against such risks and maintain these coins in their original and pristine condition using different coin cleaning methods. There are also ways of protecting coin investments by storing them properly. All these prudent steps can make the world a much safer place for rare coins.
The Lumbini festival is celebrated in the month of December every year in Nagarjunasagar, Andhra Pradesh to commemorate the religion of Buddhism in the state. During the three-day long festival, several vibrant activities are conducted to highlight and promote Buddhism by the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation. Thousands of tourists and pilgrims visit the state to witness the beautifully decorated Buddhist temples during this festival.
“karmanye evadhikaras te ma phalesu kadachana” – Doing your duty is your dharma and one must do it without expecting any rewards. This is just one of the 700 beautiful shlokas from the Celestial Song of the God – Bhagwat Gita, now imagine how magnanimous this sacred book of Hindus would be in entirety. The Gita helps you develop a deep understanding of life and how it should be ideally lived. Mythological accounts suggest Continue reading Celebrating Gita Jayanti with Coins and Stamps Featuring Shree Krishna
One Rupee Note is the smallest Indian paper denomination in India. But how many of us know that the One Rupee note still exists?
Well… Not many. But yes, the One Rupee note still exists and is accepted as a legal tender of exchange. And this One Rupee note is celebrating its 100th Birthday today. Yeah!! You heard it right.